Stephanie (Perkowski) Armendariz is a Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall and a member of the Implementation Collaborative. Armendariz works with state and local child welfare jurisdictions across the country to successfully build their capacity to identify and implement evidence-based strategies designed to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and families. She specializes in program design, project management, capacity building, strategic communications, and large-scale implementation. Her experience includes leveraging human-centered design to engage the intended users of an intervention in cocreating and implementing programs to serve them. Armendariz co-leads Chapin Hall’s Kinship Community of Practice which exists to transfer knowledge, deepen, and grow Chapin Hall’s individual and collective expertise to design, implement, and evaluate kinship navigator programs.
Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Armendariz served as the Implementation Specialist at YMCA of the USA, where she leveraged the National Implementation Research Network’s Active Implementation Frameworks to support scaling, dissemination, and continuous quality improvement of evidence-based youth development interventions across the nation. Armendariz began her career at Heartland Alliance, in a residential center where she taught migrant youth, developed curriculum, and piloted trauma-informed culturally responsive programming.
Perkowski holds a Master of Arts in Social Work and a certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Moody Bible Institute.
Master of Arts in Social Work, University of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Moody Bible Institute
Perkowski, S. (Guest). (2022, January 26). Setting Up Effective Kinship Navigator Programs . Creating a Family. https://creatingafamily.org/foster-care/fostering-radio-shows/setting-up-effective-kinship-navigator-programs/
Breidenstein, B., Burroughs, V., Donovan, J., Perkowski, S., & Phelps, A. (2021, October 4-7). Kinship and adoption navigation: Increasing community capacity for resilience through inclusive partnerships [Conference workshop]. The Kempe Center International Virtual Conference.
Butler, J., Perkowski, S., & Spoerl, W. (2021, September 21-23). Collaborating with communities to design a statewide kinship and adoption navigator [Conference workshop]. National Council for Adoption National Adoption Conference. https://adoptioncouncil.org/ncfa-conference
Burroughs, V., Clone, S., Perkowski, S., Donovan, J., McAllister, B., & Spoerl, W. (2021, June 15-17). OhioKAN: Program design and assessment development for a kinship & adoption navigator program [Conference workshop]. Generation United’s Global Intergenerational Conference. https://www.guconf.org
30 under 30 National Award, YMCA Emerging Leaders Resource Network, 2018
Jan Baum Memorial Scholar, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, 2017